- File Size: 1225 KB
- Print Length: 268 pages
- Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (October 18, 2013)
- Publication Date: October 18, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00G6Y7944
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #655,325 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Laura is not your normal 30-something single woman. She suffers from synesthesia, a neurological condition in which she sees colors and hears voices and, like Harry Potter, she has a scar on her lower back that flares up when a crisis is impending. Filled with self-doubt, she struggles to find herself. She is pursued by Matthew, a plastic surgeon from Atlanta, whose interest in Laura almost borders on stalking. Laura could take the safe route with Matthew, but she is drawn to Ayron, a mysterious man of the woods she meets while hiking in the mountains. It turns out they have a history, though Laura doesn’t realize it.
The mystery deepens when Flem, a mangy drifter who lives in a shack in the woods, kidnaps Laura. She escapes just as Ayron shows up at the scene, but the threat of Flem looms over the story. The pace quickens in the latter part of the story and gallops along toward the climax.
This story has a lot to say about the power of love and the choices people make in relationships. Laura eschews the safe choice of Matthew, who would have given her a comfortable, if passionless, life. Instead, she is drawn to the mystical Ayron, a man who refuses to be a part of her world.
The author has populated the story with a cast of quirky characters, none better than Laura’s neighbor, Betty. A feisty, middle-aged woman with an affinity for growing a variety of herbs and plants that she claims can cure whatever ails Laura, Betty takes Laura under her wing. Bryan, Laura’s brother, has a typical sibling relationship, chiding his sister but showing his love and support throughout.
Betty summed up this book best for me when she advised Laura, “My girl, sometimes life chooses for us and other times we got to make hard choices. You got to figure out all the in betweens. Turn your life inside out, shake out the pockets, see what falls out. Find out the answers even if it hurts.”
Next morning and sometimes you have to sleep on a novel once you have finished it to realize what it gave you. This book rang with GO FOR YOUR GREAT LOVE whatever it is, DON'T SETTLE FOR NORMAL. Walk or run through the fears and doubts and take on life as you were meant TO BE! Yeah, that's what it said to me.
My “Want to Read” list is more important to me. These are the books I choose to read, the ones that call to me, beckoning me with their words and language, concepts and themes. Kathryn’s writing is strong this way, poetic and measured, sometimes like a song, improvised on a hot summer day.
I am not Magendie’s target audience (or so I keep telling myself) yet here I am feeling the need to speak about her book “The Lightning Charmer” and hark back to the trilogy.
This is one is different. I like different. “The Lightning Charmer” is a sometimes, nearly familiar story about love, maturity, hearts meeting, parting, seeking, finding. Yet the settings, the people, the words, the voices all contain variant tones and newly formed patterns, making what is old, once again vital. There is a freshness to Kathryn’s approach to dialogue and pacing that I particularly enjoy.
This is not a driving hard narrative. It is a pleasant expressing of thoughts and emotions that allow us to read with pleasure at the way time can relax and flow. By no means is this a slow book. Much occurs and the protagonist, Laura, gets in deep, troublesome situations. There is suspense. But the exploration of emotional healing is at the core of all of Magendie’s novels and she does this well. “Lightning Charmer” is no exception.
Do not expect a perfect heroine. Laura is flawed, sometimes frustratingly so, but there are reasons. Do not expect a stereotypical happy ending. Life just ain’t that way. Do not expect a standard read, full with tropes and the outlined formula clearly visible. Kathryn Magendie is not that kind of author.
Do anticipate a different reading experience, something unexpected. Do look forward to a singular voice, one full with style and subtle wit. Do expect a quiet and thoughtful tale of love and power, perception and personal truths.